About The Program
The Biomedical Science Graduate Program is an interdisciplinary graduate program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Science. Our program prepares students for careers in research and education in the life sciences. Effective Fall 2020, new students will pursue their degrees in Biomedical Science with a concentration in one of the following five areas:
The Cardiovascular Sciences concentration covers a variety of research areas related to cardiac and vascular diseases. The concentration provides graduate students with focused development and training in the diverse fields of cardiovascular research. The research areas include but are not limited to molecular mechanisms of heart failure, neuroregulation of the heart, molecular basis of atherosclerosis, and renal disease and hypertension. Students graduating from the Biomedical Science Graduate program with a Cardiovascular Sciences concentration are provided the essential tools necessary to compete for academic, industrial or governmental positions. Research completed within ETSU’s Cardiovascular Sciences concentration will expand the current literature and translate into improved clinical care, reducing the social and economic cost of cardiovascular disease and the rate of cardiovascular-related mortality.
Cellular, Molecular and Chemical Biology
The Cellular, Molecular, and Chemical Biology concentration focuses on the fields of cell biology, molecular biology, and biochemistry/chemical biology along with applications of these fields to the study of the natural environment and human disease. This research is fundamental to the understanding of basic science processes. Research in this area includes examining protein structure and function, cellular signaling/regulation and mechanisms of action, and gene expression/regulation in both plant and animal systems. Students completing their doctoral work through this concentration will have job opportunities in the biomedical sciences, theoretical and applied natural sciences, biochemistry, and related bioinformatic fields.
Immunology, Inflammation and Infectious Diseases
The Immunology, Inflammation, and Infectious Diseases concentration focuses study on specific aspects of fungal, bacterial and/or viral infections as well as studies of infection-derived diseases and their outcomes. Research in this concentration examines microbial mechanisms of action, pathophysiology of infections, immunobiology, T-cell regulation, and the innate immune system. Students also learn translational aspects of applying research to human diseases. Students graduating with the Immunology, Inflammation, and Infectious Diseases concentration will be highly competitive for careers at academic institutions, in industries involved in biomedical research, and at government agencies conducting, regulating, or funding biomedical research.
Neuroscience research seeks to expand knowledge of the nervous system in all of its normal complexity and in the numerous disorders that occur when the nervous system is dysfunctional. The field of neuroscience research stretches from basic research on the fundamental processes involved in neural transmission to the complex interplay of the activity of brain centers that create consciousness itself. Neuroscience research also seeks to understand the genetic, epigenetic, environmental, developmental, cellular and biochemical bases of disorders of the nervous system. Students that complete the Neuroscience concentration of the Biomedical Science Graduate Program will have a broad knowledge base in neuroscience and strong understanding of effective approaches to investigate the normal and disordered nervous system. Graduates from the Neuroscience concentration will obtain competitive positions in academic, industrial, or governmental environments and agencies involved in neuroscience related research.
Research in the Pharmaceutical Sciences focuses on a variety of areas including drug discovery, drug delivery, formulations, and drug mechanisms with the goal of improving therapeutics. The Pharmaceutical Sciences concentration will facilitate translational aspects of biomedical research as a result of the discipline's focus on solving practical problems associated with the physical properties of drugs, drug development and applications of drugs as usable products. Pharmaceutical Sciences is of benefit to all biomedical researchers who employ drugs as exploratory tools. Graduates from ETSU's program concentration in Pharmaceutical Sciences will fill needed positions in academia, industry and government nationwide as the demand for graduates with training in Pharmaceutical Sciences is comparatively high.
All students receive a broad-based training in modern biomedical research through an interdisciplinary core curriculum that covers the basic knowledge and skills necessary for research in all areas of the biomedical sciences. A program of flexible laboratory rotations allows students to become familiar with the individual laboratory environment of different faculty before choosing an advisor.
There are currently over eighty faculty from seven departments participating in the graduate program. Most of our students receive financial support through graduate assistantships, which include a generous stipend and a waiver of tuition and fees.